Participants at the Training
Participants at the Training

The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), the Fiscal Decentralization Division of the Ministry of Finance has conducted a day training of Monitors, technical and Identity Management staff in readiness of the Biometric Verification of Chiefdom Functionaries across the 190 chiefdoms in the country. The training was conducted at the Authority’s Headquarters on Walpole street, Freetown.

The purpose of the training was to capacitate staff (Monitors) who will in turn cascade the training to the NCRA District staff in all the 16 districts across the country. These trainers will also serve as monitors during the entire verification exercise in the 190- chiefdoms in the country.

The Deputy Director of Policy and Planning, Hakawa Moseray, noted that the importance of the training was for monitors to be able to identify the existing realities on the ground and to have a thorough knowledge on the importance, Procedures and processes of the verification exercise.

Mr. Brima Newman Combey Director of Local Government, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, noted that the principle of the exercise was to ensure effectiveness, vitality and efficiency within the governance structure. He further encouraged all participants to demonstrate professionalism, and accurate leadership throughout the entire exercise.

Mr. Brima Newman Combey - Director of Local Government, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
Mr. Brima Newman Combey – Director of Local Government, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development

A presentation was also done on the format of reporting by the Deputy Director of Information Communication and Technology (ICT), Allieu Kallon.

Meanwhile, it could be recalled that the Biometric verification of Chiefdom Functionaries was launch in October this year by the  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development( MLRD), Hon. Tamba Lamina in collaboration with the NCRA,  through the Ministry of Finance to affirm government’s commitment to improving the welfare of chiefdom functionaries, Chiefdom governance and strengthen Chiefdom Council, thereby boosting the morale of Chiefdom Council Functionaries which will positively impact on service delivery at all levels.

The training was facilitated by the Manager of Training and Capacity Building, Roselyn Massaquoi.

Present at the Training was the Director-General of NCRA, Mohamed Mubashair Massaquoi, Director of Operations and Services, Abubakarr Javambo, Deputy Director of Identity Management, Mohamed Konowa, Deputy Director of Information, Education and Communication, Amadu Juana-Kamanda, Deputy Director of ICT, Andrew Ngagba Baimba, Deputy Director of Operations and Services Alpha Jalloh, Mr. Ibrahim G. Bureh, Deputy Director from the Fiscal Decentralization Division of the Ministry Finance and other senior management staff of NCRA and MLGRD.

Director General - NCRA
Director General – NCRA

Closing, the Director–General of the NCRA thanked participants for their selfless sacrifice demonstrated so far towards the exercise. He admonished participants to take the exercise very seriously as it involved a lot of commitment, adding that the payment of these chiefdom functionaries is dependent on the outcome of the biometric verification exercise. He noted that they had delayed a bit due to some unavoidable circumstances but he was happy to announce that the biometric verification of chiefdom functionaries will commence on the 18th of this month in all the 190 chiefdoms across the country.

He further maintained that the training session today was to prepare the monitors or trainers so that they in turn will adequately and practically prepared those that will be on the field for the actual implementation.


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